BOOMING GROWTH OF MEGACHURCHES 09/18/2008


by Moody Adams
“Attendance numbers at America's megachurches continue to grow, and at very fast rates, according to the latest research on the country's largest churches,” reports "Changes in American Megachurches: Tracing Eight Years of Growth and Innovation in the Nation's largest-Attendance Congregations," which was released Friday.

The report shows:
• Churches of at least 2,000 people grew at a rate of 10 percent a year.
• 20 percent of megachurches experienced an increase of 100 percent over 5 years.
• They are not building larger auditoriums, but turning to multiple services and satellite campuses. Average attendance was 4,142, while average auditorium sat 1,794.
• Church planting has grown from 68 percent in 2000, to 70 percent in 2005, to 77 percent in 2008.
• All the things that were typically done by a denominational form are being done at a local church level.
• Since 2008 those choosing the label of “evangelical” increased from 48 to 65 percent.
• The number choosing the “Pentecostal” label dropped from 11 to 4 percent.
• Interestingly, the study also found that megachurches are not overtly political even during this year's election.

The study is based on a national study of America's 1,200 megachurches over 8 years. It does not tell us of the impact made on member's lives.


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